Hand Painted Pueblo, Hovenweep National Monument

The Hand Painted Pueblo.

These are the remains of a small pueblo village site inside Hovenweep National Monument and surrounded by the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

The pueblo was probably built in the 1200s by Ancestral Puebloans (Anazasi).  This tower is along the side of a canyon and completely below the rim.  We couldn’t see it until we were close.  It is an interesting and special place.
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Cutthroat Castle, Hovenweep National Monument

Coming thunderstorms over the pueblo.

The Cutthroat Castle pueblo was built around the same time as the other Hovenweep puebloan ruins.  Although the pueblo itself looks small, there would have been many people living around it in the area.  The site is along a canyon and is unusual in that it had a kiva built on top of a boulder and not underground.  Perhaps the terrain of the site simply wouldn’t have allowed it. The site is way out in the middle of nowhere but worth the journey.
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Robidoux Inscription and Pictographs

On a late autumn day in 1837, a fur trapper from Santa Fe, Antoine Robidoux, stopped along a narrow canyon in the Territorio de Alta California (what is present day Utah).  Beaver pelts were surprisingly lucrative at the time and, as hard it is to believe today, the Uinta River was a haven for them.
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Swasey’s Cabin

Swasey's Cabin.

Swasey’s cabin was built in 1921 by the well-known Swasey brothers as a line cabin. They would stay out here to watch over their cattle. Out behind the cabin, in one of the canyons, they had an icebox setup where they would store meats and any other foodstuffs. I’m not entirely sure which canyon it was though.

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Lava River Cave

The tunnel goes on.

Back in late spring of this year, we took a trip out to Flagstaff seeking some cooler temperatures. One of the places we stopped at was the Lava River Cave.

Formed in the Pleistocene, roughly 675,000 years ago, this 0.75 mile long lava tube is remarkable not only for its length but also its tall ceilings; at some points the roof it more than 30′ above your head. That is a bit unusual in my experience.

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Clamshell Petroglyphs

We arrive at the Clamshell.

The Clamshell petroglyphs are an easy to reach Anasazi site just outside of Fredonia, Arizona. These petroglyphs and pictographs are so old they are hard to see at all. There are some interesting designs though; including some anthropomorphic figures, a water glyph, a six toed footprint and spirals. Lots of spirals. Obviously, an important symbol here.

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Angel Canyon Ruin

Some orange mixed in with the red.

A couple of months ago, we took a quick trip to Utah. One of the places we visited was a small set of Anasazi ruins in two alcoves near Angel Canyon. It was an interesting hike to get out there. Some bushwhacking was involved.

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